Review: Ruin (Songs of Corruption #2) by CD Reiss

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Title: Ruin
Author: CD Reiss
Publisher/Year: Flip City Media   10/14/14
Length: 269
Series: Songs of Corruption #2

Overview

Antonio is a killer.
He’s beautiful, educated, a prodigy of a thief and as violent a man as ever came off the boat from Napoli.

Theresa knows it, but that doesn’t stop her from getting emotionally and physically entangled with him, and this is how, maybe, she got it in her head that she can protect him.

But it’s not her job to save him, and she’s just not getting that. Every time she tries to protect him, she practically gets him killed, and the tighter he grips her, the more dangerous she becomes.

It’s almost as if…well, he’d never admit this….but it’s almost as if protecting her the way he does is he one thing he should stop. As if the only way he’s ever going to find a moment’s peace is to just embrace her as a partner, rather than a defenseless creature.

But he’d never do that. Not this violent man.

My Thoughts

i’m in a weird place with this one.  I’m a huge fan of CD Reiss and the parallel series that i’ve read so far, yet this 2nd installment in this series – Songs of Corruption just left me wanting something more.

If you remember back to when the first one came out, we were quickly introduced to Theresa – who’s a Drazen – a large family that’s quite powerful in the business realmn and Antonio – someone quite powerful in the Italian Mafia realm.  Of course , there was a lot of drama that ensued – since Theresa was dating someone who’s end goal was to take down the mafia ….leading to some great chemistry between these 2 leads.  i had such high hopes because the story line was getting very dicey and then my prolonged wait….left a bit to be wanted.

Where we pick up in this 2nd book – Ruin – is that Theresa’s in hiding with Antonio because of the attempt on her life as a result of her relationship with him.  So what we have for the first quarter of the book is a lot of her in hiding so to speak, not being able to really do much but wait for Spin to come back and have his way with her.  (i know – very direct and to the point there).

The rest of the story is a lot of back and forth about what’s going to happen with Spin’s territory, and what he has to do to get out of the lifestyle since he’s really not made for it and wants to have a life with Theresa – if he can.

What i’m struggling with is that we get a decent story line – yet it’s really not overly developed.  We see the stirrings of plans being set up to get out of the area – and live their lives together – but it’s just glossy – on the surface and never really getting too much further into the meat of it all.  We get to see a bit more of the interactions with Theresa’s many siblings, but again, just a topline level of it – and never really getting to hear about their background and growing up which would have added a bit more dimension to things.

There’s the expected amount of passion here – we see that there’s clear chemistry between Theresa and Antonio – and that’s certainly carries us through – but i feel like i kept wanting ‘more’.

Then there’s the epilogue – i think that it’s a good tease of things – gives you a sense of geography and the tension of a situation – but i don’t know what it means for the series itself.  I get the sense that this was a 2 book series, yet…..i don’t know.  So all in all, took me longer than i would have liked to read this – and it was just eh….. good news though is that i still love this author and there’s much much more to pickup and read.

Review: Spin (Songs of Corruption #1) by CD Reiss

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Title: Spin
Author:  CD Reiss
Publisher/Year:  Christine Demaio  3/11/14
Length:  197 Pages
Series: Songs of Corruption #1

Overview

Mafia capo, Antonio Spinelli blew through my orderly life like a cyclone.

Gorgeous and passionate, with a breathtaking brutality, he put me under his spell the moment he touched me, drawing me into his underworld of risk, violence and betrayal.

And I found, just as this sophisticated savage didn’t trust me, I didn’t trust myself. Something happened to me. Some alchemy from the heat between us.

I discovered I was a savage, too.

My Thoughts

After reading the Songs of Submission series by CD Reiss, i’ve realized that i like where these stories take us, not only because of the heat and passion that we get from this author, but because the character relationships themselves are really nicely evolved.

In this story, we focus on Theresa who is Jonathan’s sister.  What’s nice about this story is that it’s happening while Songs of Submission happens, so it’s not like one comes before the other, they are really parallel stories.  we get a glimpse into snippets of the other series, but it’s not at all necessary to have read the other to get what’s going on here.

Anyhow, we meet Theresa who is wealthy because of her family, but successful on her own.  She’s an accountant for a top talent agency in Hollywood, who also has a knack for the minute details.  She’s also recently come out of a relationship with Daniel who’s running for LA mayor, and this breakup is because he cheated on her.  There’s still a lot of love there though, and that’s an undercurrent of this story.

Where Theresa meets Spin, the title character is outside a bar one night when Maggie, Theresa’s sister gets drunk and somewhat attacked.  Spin and his friend Paulie come to their rescue and from that night on, Theresa’s life is changed for ever.  maybe for the good , and maybe not.  See, Spin has ties to something that’s not quite illegal but not really legal either.  Meaning, he’s involved in mafia type activities and leads one of the families in a sense.

We are taken on the journey with Theresa and Spin, and Daniel for that matter, trying to see what can be salvaged and what can evolve, all the while allowing Theresa to come into her own and realize that she’s much stronger and dark than even she knew.

Through a series of events, Theresa puts her ‘big girl pants’ on, to defend herself to Daniel, to defend herself to Spin, to come to the aid of her best friend and roommate Katerina and to admit that she’s been holding back from men and relationships in the past and knows what she wants now.  She asks for it and demands it of Spin.

The question of where this story takes us isn’t a new one – it’s obvious really – will Theresa allow herself to go into something new and unknown, or will she continue to be drawn back to the safety that Daniel offers?  He does a great job of pulling her back in over and over again and makes he question things.  The other question is whether Spin can offer her what she needs, and if he’ll even allow himself to do it.  We see the battle between them and that makes for a lot of steam, heat and passion when they come together.

CD Reiss doesn’t disappoint in the sense that we get really heated scening, great passion and chemistry that cannot be contained.  It’s volatile and that’s exactly what you need in a first installment to a series.  It sounds like the intention of this series is to be a trilogy, so i’ll keep my eyes open for the next installments.  I hope that you guys give it a try – it’s a great segue from Songs of Submission.  Enjoy!

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